21 November 2013, The Tablet

‘A family of our kind’

by Vicky Cosstick

Challenges of living with HIV

A decade on from the Church’s embracing of people with HIV and Aids, its work of meeting both physical and spiritual needs is more vital than ever as the number of people living with the virus increases, due in no small part to increased longevity made possible by medication If anyone thinks that HIV and Aids in the United Kingdom are no longer serious problems, the facts may surprise them. The 2012 Health Protection Agency report estimates that there are some 100,000 people living with HIV and Aids (PLWHA) in the UK, of whom a quarter are unaware they are infected. About 46 per cent of the total are gay men, and about 30 per cent are African-born migrants, predominantly women; the remainder are non-African-born men and women, including about 2,500 injecting drug users. In 2011, an
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